A praier to the blessed Trinitie. Let vs praie.
O Holie, blessed, and glorious Trinitie, three e∣quall, and coeternall persons, but one God almightie, haue mercie vpon me vile, abiect, abhominable, and sinfull wretch, meekelie ac∣knowledging before thy diuine Maiestie my long con∣tinued life in sinne, euen from my childhood hitherto. Then good gratious Lord, as thou giuest me the grace to acknowledge them; so giue me grace not in word onlie, but in hart also, with sorowfull contrition to re∣pent, and vtterlie to forsake them. Forgiue me also those sinnes, through which by mine owne fault, wic∣ked affection, and euill custome, my reason is with sen∣sualitie so blinded, as I cannot discerne them for sinne. Illuminate my hart (good Lord) and giue me grace to Page 115 acknowledge them. Forgiue me my sinnes negligent∣lie forgotten, and bring them to my mind, with grace to be throughlie repentant for them.
O mercifull God, grant me thy grace so to despise sinne, and all worldlie vanities, that I may saie with the blessed Apostle Saint Paule: The world is cruci∣fied to me, and I to the world; Christ is to me life, and to die is my gaine and aduantage; I desire to be loo∣sed, and to be with Christ. Lord giue me thy grace to a∣mend my life, and to haue an eie to mine end, without anie grudge, or feare of death, which to them that die in thee, is the gate of eternall life.
Almightie God, teach me to doo thy will; take my right hand, and leade me in the true waie from mine: drawe me after thee, bind my mouth with snaffle and bridle, when I will not drawe vnto thee. Oh gratious God, all sinfull feare, all sinfull sorowe and pensiue∣nesse, all sinfull hope, all sinfull mirth and gladnesse take awaie from me. On the other side, concerning such feare, such heauinesse, such comfort, consolation, and gladnesse, as shall be profitable for my soule, doo with me according to thy great goodnesse.
O Lord giue me grace, in all my feare and agonie, to haue recourse to that great feare and wonderfull a∣gonie that thou my sauiour hadst at the Mount of O∣liuet, before thy most bitter passion; and in the medi∣tation thereof to conceiue ghostlie comfort and conso∣lation, profitable for my soule. Almightie God, take from me all vaine-glorious minds, all appetites of mine owne praise, all enuie, couetise, gluttonie, sloth and lecherie, all wrathfull affection, all appetite of re∣uenging, all desire of delight of other mens harmes, all pleasure in prouoking anie person to wrath and anger: all delight in taunting or mocking anie person in their affliction or trouble. And giue vnto me, O Lord, an humble, quiet, peaceable, patient, charitable, Page 116 kind, tender, and pitifull mind, in all my words, my works, and thoughts, to haue a tast of thy holie and blessed spirit.
Giue me good Lord a full faith, a firme hope, a fer∣uent charitie, a loue to thee, good Lord, incomparable, aboue the loue of my selfe, that I may loue nothing to thy displeasure, but euerie thing in a due order to thee. Giue me good Lord, a longing to be with thee, not for the auoiding of the calamities of this wretched world, nor so much for the auoiding of the paines of hell, nei∣ther so much for the obteining of the kingdome of hea∣uen, in respect of mine owne commoditie: as euen for verie loue of thee. And beare me good Lord, thy loue & fauour, which thing my loue to thee-ward (were it ne∣uer so gret) could not but of thy great goodnes deserue. And pardon me good Lord, that am so bold to aske thee so high petitions, being so vile and sinfull a wretch, and so vnworthie to attaine the lowest: but good Lord such they be, as I am bound to desire and wish, and should be much neerer the effectuall desire of them, if my ma∣nifold sinnes were not the let, from which O glorious Trinitie, vouchsafe of thy goodnesse to wash me, with that blessed bloud that thou my sweet sauiour Iesus Christ diddest shed out of thy bodie, in the diuers tor∣ments of thy most bitter passion, that by that same greeuous passion, glorious resurrection and ascension, I may come to that vnspeakable ioie, the which thou hast prepared for thy chosen and elect, through the same Iesu Christ our sauiour, to whome with the Father, and the holie Ghost, three persons and one God, be all honour and glorie world without end: So be it.